Fixing sticky plastic trim (aircraft interior)

Discussion in 'Interior Car Care' started by jameyers14, Aug 2, 2021.

  1. jameyers14

    jameyers14 Virgin Detailer

    I've been trying for a long time to figure out how to deal with a bunch of "sticky" interior plastic. It's this way all over. The airplane came this way from its first owner and fixing it has been been bothering me for a long time, and I'm finally going to ask for help!

    The best way to describe is as if there was an adhesive poured all over it. Goo-Gone with a polishing pad used by hand has certainly helped, but it's all still very sticky and noticeable. I've also tried Nextzett (1Z) Cockpit Premium (aptly named!), which also helps a little. Being so sticky, it collects every drop of dust, hair, and other contaminants and quickly looks very dirty.

    Like my car, the airplane sometimes bakes in the hot sun. I have no idea if its an artifact from that, or the original owner did something bizarre. Regardless, it's been a challenge and so far I have not been able to definitively clean it up. At least I haven't made things worse.

    As far as I know, there is nothing special about this trim. It's just plastic trim.

    Picture below:

  2. Michael @ einszett

    Michael @ einszett DB Certified Manufacturer

    So this is way late in the game but figured I'd answer in case you were still interested in a solution (or someone else was)...

    Looks like a lot of the wrong kinds of cleaners were used on this dash (something like a degreaser, Simple Green, etc).

    At this point, I'm not sure that it's a matter of cleaning but more a matter of repairing. Cockpit Premium wouldn't do much. If it was a matter of cleaning/removing a type of adhesive residue, then nextzett Plastic Deep Cleaner would be the solution because it's a straight up detergent cleaner that's ready to use but isn't too aggressive (just make sure you apply as directed).

    I think at this point you wouldn't have much to lose. If anything, I'm sure PDC would be very useful in cleaning up the rest of the cockpit! Hope that helps!

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